What is Cub Scouting?
Cub Scouting is a year-round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of young boys and their parents. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Service projects, ceremonies, games, and other activities guide boys through the core values and give them a sense of personal achievement. Through positive peer group interaction and parental guidance, boys also learn honesty, bravery, and respect. Family involvement is an essential part of Cub Scouting and parents are encouraged to play an active role in the program. Through interaction between parents, leaders, and friends, boys learn citizenship, compassion, and courage. This family-and community-centered approach to learning means that Cub Scouting is truly time well spent.
What are the requirements to join Cub Scouts?
Lion Cubs (entering Kindergarten or age 6), Tiger Cubs (entering first grade or age 7), Cub Scouts (entering second or third grade, or age 8 or 9), Webelos Scouts (entering fourth or fifth grade, or age 10).
What does Cub Scouting offer my son?
Cub Scouting offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Service projects, ceremonies, games, and other activities guide boys through the core values and give them a sense of personal achievement. Through positive peer group interaction and parental guidance, boys also learn honesty, bravery, and respect.
How does participation in Cub Scouting affect participation other activities?
The Cub Scout program is designed to compliment many other extracurricular activities. Typical time commitment is two Den meetings and one Pack meeting per month. Boys who participate in organized sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, swimming, gymnastics, etc, or academic-based extracurricular activities like music, art, science etc., can be recognized for these activities through Cub Scouts.
What are the responsibilities of a parent?
Provide help and support for the den and pack. Work with your son on advancement projects and activities. Attend pack meetings with your son and present his advancement awards to him at the pack meeting. Attend and assist with den outings. Attend Cub Scout Family campouts with your son.
Do Cub Scouts go camping?
Yes, but they ease into it. They may go camping with a parent, or even with the entire family. More on Cub Scout camping can be found at http://www.scouting.org/cubscouts/activities/outdoor/camping.y.html
What other activities are available to Cub Scouts and their families?
Pack 614 is very active, providing a rich environment for boys and their families. Typical annual events include:
Scouting for Food
Blue & Gold Banquet
Marching in the George Washington Day Parade
Memorial Day Observance
Summer Day Camp
Community Service Activities
How much is it going to cost?
The annual Pack 614 dues of $40 cover such items as the National registration fee, Boys' Life Magazine, the neckerchief and handbook appropriate for your son's rank, the pinewood derby kits, and all patches and awards for the year.
Other costs include uniforms and some activity fees including those for the Day Camp and Resident Camps. Youth members participate in one fund-raising activity (popcorn), which helps to cover Den supplies, equipment, and other activities.
Where can I buy uniforms, pack and den number patches?
The Scout Shop and Robcyns are the go to sources for scouting gear. Information about the stores including hours and directions can be found on their Web sites.
Northern Virginia Scout Shop
5322 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 321- 4836
Bradlee Shopping Center
3660 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22303
How often are the meetings?
Cub Scouts usually meet in their Dens once or twice each month, and our Pack meeting is held for all Cub Scouts and their families once a month at Polk Elementary School. Beyond that, it depends on the Den and Pack: a Den may hold a special activity, such as a service project or visit to a local museum in place of one of the weekly meetings or in addition to the weekly meetings. Likewise, the Pack may conduct a special event such as a rocket launch, campout, or service activity as an additional event, rather than a substitute for its monthly Pack meeting.
How can I learn more?
The best way to learn about what a Cub Scout really does is to talk with a Cub Scout who is engaged in the program. Alternatively, you can learn more about the Cub Scout program by selecting "Contact Our Pack" (above) and asking questions, or leave your phone number to receive a call from the Cubmaster.